So, who am I and why am I here? Why do I do what I do? I consider myself just a regular Joe. I am old enough to know better but still believe in trying to save the world and humanity. One device at a time. I love to mentor and to help others, I am into repurposing and trying to repair anything.
I come from a time and a place where there was never enough money to just replace things or to just go and buy new stuff. Fixing things was not a passion but a necessity. From an early age on I needed to learn to fix my own stuff by whatever means were available. If I wanted to ride my bike I needed to learn to fix bicycle chains and inner tire tubes etc. I was fortunate enough to become an industrial millwright where I learned to pretty much operate any piece of equipment in a machine shop, including learning to read blueprints (no CAD yet, blueprints were just that, blueprints) and schematics. It also included studies in electric and electronics.
After my apprenticeship I was chosen to serve my country (one of 3;-) and was drafted into the military. There, I was trained as a Materials Tech and Diesel mechanic and multiple other roles. What a ride that was! After a decade and multiple postings later, I ended up on this beautiful continent. First in Canada where I studied more mechanical engineering, learned the art of woodworking and general construction, became a plumbing inspector for one of the provinces and finally decided on a career in healthcare.
Now I am in the latter part of my life, have a great family and a great career. 50 years of fixing, building and yes, breaking things as well, has taught me a lot. During my lifetime I've learned that the only thing that truly matters is how we get along with others; to never prematurely judge people. I do judge people by their actions not by some preconceived notion. If you are being kind and compassionate toward our environment (people, planet, animal, etc.) you are okay in my book.
That is why I do what I do. I have learned a lot and continue to study and learn new things daily. This enables me to provide some answer on this forum. It enables me to help someone that needs it and it helps to keep things going. All too often we discard stuff just because it is broken and we do not know how to fix it. This puts an incredible strain on our environment and it makes others rich. Why do I want to give money to big companies if I can hang on to things longer and fix whatever is broken? Yes, there will be a time when broken really means broken. I try to use those times as opportunities to repurpose the broken part or learn more about why it failed etc. Much to the discontent of my family, I rather obtain old and broken than to go and buy new. My favorite places are pawn shops and roadside sales :-)
I have come to recognize that we are our brother’s keeper and that we need to look out for each other. If we do that, we will also take care of social and environmental issues. The next generation will thank us for that. It'll make the world a better place. I measure success not in dollars and cents but by how (and if) I can help others with their problems.
All of this is not to say that I am a total bleeding heart liberal. I am opinionated, pigheaded, and can be quite cantankerous. I love a good technical challenge and hate to be defeated by that challenge.
Currently involved in projects around my community and have started to be more active on Twitter (nope, I don't do Facebook ;-) with certain groups that I am always learning from. Love to study history and geography and am determined to make this place a better place. I refuse to leave problems for others to fix and believe that we all need to take a more active role in our lives. "Now we have to, finally, take responsibility for our actions and take control” Okean Elzy and their newest song "not your War" (for slightly other reasons) describes this perfectly. Take a look https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwQpCA3N... Let’s fight our battle. Let's support organizations like https://repair.org/stand-up/ to fight for our right to repair. Stop taking no for an answer!
Little bit more about the great iFixit volunteers and myself on here https://youtu.be/a8sfohsQQK0
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